Horizon Tokyo Black | Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Horizon Tokyo BlackHorizon Tokyo Black

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Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 16.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews by endovelico:
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4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Now and then I'll come across a beer that challenges my thoughts on everything I thought I knew of a given style. To the point that I'm unable to rate it to its own style even if It doesn't in any way stray too far off the existing guidelines. This is one such brew.

What is amazing about this brew is how - as I hinted at above - It's within guidelines, yet still manages to amaze you as it tweaks its profile in all the several available spectrums to create something that feels truly unique. To make matters more confusing, this is a 16% brew we're talking about, and by all accounts it's one of the most drinkable IRS I remember having.

The nose is subdued, muted almost with dark fruit, praline and fusel like notes protruding through.

The taste a bit more intense and doesn't really follow on the nose with its own woody, coffee and smoky notes dominating.

The palate is even more intense, with robust (but not cloying) sweetness, slight smoky twang, the softest carbonation and just a great coating texture wrapping everything up neatly. The ABV? Remarkably illusive.

Overall, while this isn't a beer for every drinker or occasion - even if I think that for a beer this big It's probably as consensual a beer as you'll ever get - It's so unique and powerful that I would probably rank this - bar a few very select quads - as one of the best desert beers I have ever had, surely the best desert IRS.

Come to think of it, a Quad IRS IS probably the best short-cut way to describe this. Anyway, I digress... Fantastic beer and the best collaboration brew I have ever had most likely.

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More User Reviews:
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3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #86 (Mar 2014):

Big, Bold, Blended, Sipper

This is the redux of the Black (Mikkeller) Tokyo (BrewDog) Dark Horizon (Nøgne Ø) collaboration from 2010. It’s a serious pour. Black as nothingness with a boozy, sherry, nutty and wood nose, followed by a creamy, smooth, viscous body full of black treacle, toffee, chocolate, coffee, dried fruits, charred raisin, wood and smoke. A lingering wet-paper oxidation note is quite noticeable, which is our only beef with this beer. Otherwise a kickass brew to warm and sip; beware, the alcohol content is deceiving.

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 16.0% | AVAILABILITY: Limited

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gibgink
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shawner
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of JamesStreet
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter from 8.5 oz bottle

A - beautiful jet black serum. Minimal caramel-colored head with very slight lacing. About what I was hoping it looked like.
S - dark chocolate mixed with some semi-sweet choc. Nice slight alcohol presence in yhe nose but not as much as you would think for a 16% abv beer. Slight, really very little but still there, sharpie smell.
T - really strong roasted malt going on. Getting a bit of charred oak as well. The chocolate is still present too along with a coffee ground flavor. Alcohol is very well hidden given the amount in this brew. A very slight hop bitterness on tge back end of the sip.
M - medium-bodied with little carb punch. Not as syrupy as I would've thought ghis to be. Goes down relatively smooth for the boozy beast it is.
O - really glad I grabbed this one. Not something I would drink often bc of the price point ($15 for 8.5 oz) but definitely satisfying nonetheless. Overall, super nice imperial stout.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250ml, black cardboard-ensconced bottle, the 2012 edition, just now arriving here - thanks for the two and a half years of aging, guys!

This beer pours a solid, unadulterated black, but for the most minor of basal cola syrup edges, and one anemic finger of loosely foamy, and generally bubbly light brown head, which leaves a few stray specks of sea plume lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells of sharply phenolic alcohol, roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, black licorice, saucy cafe-au-lait, tanned leather, soused dark orchard fruit, vanillan cookies, and a tame herbal, weedy hop bitterness. The taste is rich, lightly toasted caramel malt, dark, sugary cocoa powder, slightly musty leather, tipsy plums and prunes, melted marshmallows, a somewhat acrid yeast twinge, and tame earthy, piney, and herbal hops.

The carbonation is mostly AWOL, anything fizzy or frothy long ago having left the building, the body a sturdy medium-full weight, and generally smooth, the alcohol and hops apparently not interested in causing a ruckus, as such. It finishes sweet, but in a strangely moderated sense - I fully suspect that the booze has something to do with that.

A decent, well amped-up RIS, however, the smoothness and balance one expects from such a blend is somewhat lacking here. Lots of flavour, sure, but I'm sensing a dearth of fullness on the palate, probably due to an elevated ABV that has minor integration issues. Anyways, interesting, but not particularly worth revisiting the very high shelf tag/volume ratio.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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2.92/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- jet black
S- Smoked pork/ bacon
T- Really sweet, smoke
F- Thick and oily like a stout should be
O- Not excited about this one, in fact I only made it through about 3 oz. The taste was really off putting.

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Photo of Roguer
3.9/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark black, thin head.

Huge nose! Sweet malts for days; a liquor-like alcohol sweetness; grapes; molasses.

Flavor follows: sweet, malty; chewy grains; molasses and a touch of char; bitter chocolate. Very sweet and boozy, but definitely drinkable.

The heat and booze leave no doubt as to the sky high ABV. It's not as smooth as some other monster beers (e.g. WWS), but it's definitely drinkable.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of SkyyNapalm
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Treyliff
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #800
Bottled 11/29/12, batch 894/895
Poured into a snifter

A- pours an opaque jet black color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that reduces quickly, leaving just a ring behind, lots of alcohol legs

S- heavy roasted malt aroma up front gives note of charcoal, campfire, smoked wood, bitter dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Sweet aromas of molasses, caramel/toffee, burnt brown sugar, fermented black cherries & figs & licorice. Herbal/earthy/woodsy notes close it out

T- big smoky charred malt flavors mesh with deep dark chocolate, molasses, melted toffee, coffee & wood smoke. Among all of these bold flavors, a district sour, almost tartness breaks through with strong flavors of dark cherry & blueberry, providing an almost vinous-like quality. As it closes out, more chocolate kicks in with a hint of sugared smoked meat

M- medium body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel, with a smooth slightly warming finish, ABV is hidden quite well for 16%

O- a big boozy sipper that surprisingly stays within the parameters of the style. More and more flavors continue to pop out as it warms, a treat that is to be sipped and savored

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Photo of Bung
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bluejacket74
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

250 ml bottle, brewed 29.11.12, Batch # 894/895. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a 1/4 inch tan head that fizzled away quickly. Pretty much no lacing at all. The brew smells like molasses, roasted malt, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate and some smoke. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some woody earthiness, coffee, milk chocolate and charred/burnt malt noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. It's also smooth and easy enough to drink. For a beer that's 16% ABV, the alcohol is very well hidden! I liked this brew, my only complaint is with the small bottle, I just wish this came in a bigger size (330 or 375 ml maybe?). Definitely worth a try!

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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with some retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of dry roasted malt with black chocolates notes, light tobacco notes and some molasses. Taste is a complex mix of dry roasted malt, woody notes, molasses and candi sugar with some black chocolates notes. Body is full and close to motor oil with some warming alcohol that is perceptible. Quite intense and complex but also quite a rewarding beer.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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